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The Resource The spirit catches you and you fall down : a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures, Anne Fadiman

The spirit catches you and you fall down : a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures, Anne Fadiman

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The spirit catches you and you fall down : a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures
Title
The spirit catches you and you fall down
Title remainder
a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures
Statement of responsibility
Anne Fadiman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When three-month-old Lia Lee arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced, refugees from the CIA-run "Quiet War" in Laos. The Hmong, traditionally a close-knit and fiercely independent people, have been less amenable to assimilation than most immigrants, adhering steadfastly to the rituals and beliefs of their ancestors. Lia's pediatricians, Neil Ernst and his wife, Peggy Philip, cleaved just as strongly to another tradition: that of Western medicine. When Lia Lee entered the American medical system, diagnosed as an epileptic, her story became a tragic case history of cultural miscommunication. Parents and doctors both wanted the best for Lia, but their ideas about the causes of her illness and its treatment could hardly have been more different. The Hmong see illness and healing as spiritual matters linked to virtually everything in the universe, while medical community marks a division between body and soul, and concerns itself almost exclusively with the former. Lia's doctors ascribed her seizures to the misfiring of her cerebral neurons; her parents called her illness, qaug dab peg--the spirit catches you and you fall down--and ascribed it to the wandering of her soul. The doctors prescribed anticonvulsants; her parents preferred animal sacrifices
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
306.4/61
Index
index present
LC call number
RA418.5.T73
LC item number
F33 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1997 J-951
  • WL 385
NLM item number
F145s 1997
Label
The spirit catches you and you fall down : a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures, Anne Fadiman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [311]-324) and index
Contents
Birth -- Fish soup -- The spirit catches you and you fall down -- Do doctors eat brains? -- Take as directed -- High-velocity transcortical lead therapy -- Government property -- Foua and Nao Kao -- A little medicine and a little neeb -- War -- The big one -- Flight -- Code X -- The melting pot -- Gold and dross -- Why did they pick Merced? -- The eight questions -- The life or the soul -- The sacrifice
Control code
36597664
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 339 p.
Isbn
9780374267810
Lccn
97005175
System control number
(OCoLC)36597664
Label
The spirit catches you and you fall down : a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures, Anne Fadiman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [311]-324) and index
Contents
Birth -- Fish soup -- The spirit catches you and you fall down -- Do doctors eat brains? -- Take as directed -- High-velocity transcortical lead therapy -- Government property -- Foua and Nao Kao -- A little medicine and a little neeb -- War -- The big one -- Flight -- Code X -- The melting pot -- Gold and dross -- Why did they pick Merced? -- The eight questions -- The life or the soul -- The sacrifice
Control code
36597664
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 339 p.
Isbn
9780374267810
Lccn
97005175
System control number
(OCoLC)36597664

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